Former Coldwater Creek employee sentenced
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- A former employee of Coldwater Creek has been sentenced to at least 18 months in prison and ordered to pay over $246,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling from the women's clothing company.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 1st District Judge Steve Verby sentenced Susan Hopkins to up to five years in prison Monday.
Prosecutors alleged Hopkins, a former executive assistant to a marketing officer, charged more than $260,000 in personal expenses to company credit cards between 2006 and 2010 and embezzled nearly $9,500 from the Panhandle Alliance For Education, a group Coldwater Creek supports.
In March, Verby rejected a plea agreement that called for a 90-day jail sentence.
Hopkins must pay restitution first to PAFE, followed by $137,000 to Coldwater Creek's insurance provider and then $100,000 to Coldwater Creek.
Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com